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Posts by Heidi Skallet

As of February 7, 2013, this blog has moved to its permanent location on our new website, located at http://cascw.umn.edu. New posts will be available there. This blog has also been consolidated with our two other blogs: the Stability, Permanency, and Adoption Blog and Notes from a Cluttered Desk. We also have created a new blog, Field Notes, which will...
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Earlier this week I read several articles (example) about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's executive order to dismantle the state's Child Protective Services (CPS) agency under the Department of Economic Security and create a Cabinet-level division called the Division of Child Safety and Family Services that would take over CPS duties. This division would be directed by Charles Flanagan, the current...
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As promised from yesterday, I am continuing my "brief bill descriptions" post regarding child welfare-related bills introduced during the interim of Minnesota's 88th legislative session. Early Learning H.F. 1880: Introduced by Rep. Ryan Winkler and others, this bill would ensure that each eligible child receives an early learning scholarship. Beginning in FY2015, funding for this program would increase from $23...
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Although the Minnesota legislative session does not officially begin until February 25, quite a few bills were introduced in the interim on Monday. Because there are several that may impact children, youth, and families involved in child welfare (or at risk of involvement), I have decided to write two posts providing brief descriptions of these bills. Bills are sorted according...
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Yesterday I attended the 2014 Children and Youth Issues Briefing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, MN. This briefing is held annually prior to the start of the Minnesota legislative session to discuss emerging legislative issues and initiatives that will impact children and youth in Minnesota. The event was well attended (as usual) and featured (among others) Melvin...
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This post is written by the Stability, Permanency, and Adoption MSW Intern, Andrea Brubaker, with additional content from editor Heidi Ombisa Skallet. Yesterday I provided some background information on adoption assistance and the Adoption and Safe Families Act. As a follow up, I will now lay out two bills about adoption incentives—The Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in...
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This post is written by the Stability, Permanency, and Adoption MSW Intern, Andrea Brubaker. This past September, Senator Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced the Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act. The bill would certify the continued funding for the Adoption Incentives program, prioritize increasing adoption rates, and create a legal guardianship category within the eligibility requirements....
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Policymakers in Minnesota have increasingly been focusing on policies that positively impact young children and promote overall child well-being. Not only did the House of Representatives create a committee devoted to early childhood and youth development policy in 2013, but both the education and health and human services omnibus bills included several large provisions that seek to enhance child well-being;...
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This post is written by the Stability, Permanency, and Adoption MSW Intern, Andrea Brubaker. Scientific evidence shows the detrimental impact of institutionalized care on brain development in children. While many governments in other countries want to place children in permanent homes they often don't have the resources to do so. As a result, many children are left in orphanages, foster...
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Minnesota Statute 257.0725 requires the Department of Human Services to make available annually a report on child maltreatment and children in out-of-home placement. This report for the year 2012 is now available online. Federal Safety Measures In terms of Federal Safety Measures, Minnesota did better than the national standard for: absence of repeat maltreatmenttime to reunification (within 12 months)median months...
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The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that ten million children witness incidences of domestic violence between their caregivers (or intimate partner violence [IPV]) each year. In addition, a recent U.S. survey showed that more than half of youth exposed to IPV had also been maltreated. Such exposure can result in manifestation of serious emotional and behavioral problems....
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In general, young adults ages 19-26 are overrepresented among the uninsured in the U.S. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control show that 27.5% of youth in this age group were uninsured in the first 3 months of 2012, compared to 15.4% of the general population. According to a 2012 article from Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, there are 24,000...
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This blog post was originally posted by JaeRan Kim in our Stability, Permanency, & Adoption Blog on August 5, 2013. As of last Thursday, August 1 2013, the Family Reunification Act went into effect. This law allows foster youth 15 and older who were never adopted to have the option to reunite with their birth parents. The law stipulates that...
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Minnesota's recently enacted omnibus health and human services bill includes changes to mental health services in Minnesota that could have an impact on children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system. Children's Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services "Mental illness" ("MI") definition modified. Case management and community support services for adults with mental illness have been...
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DHS initiative: Reform 2020 Reform 2020 is a 2011 legislative directive for DHS to reform Minnesota's Medicaid program, Medical Assistance (MA), so as to improve outcomes for people with disabilities, seniors, and other enrollees. Specifically, Reform 2020 focuses on community integration and independence, improved health, reduced reliance on institutional care, attainment of housing and employment, and reduced use of services...
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Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, otherwise known as the Baby Veronica case. The U.S. Supreme Court had been asked to decide what constitutes a "parent" under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), specifically if the definition includes an unwed biological father who had not complied with state law to establish...
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One of the Minnesota legislature's areas of interest this past legislative session was mental health services, particularly school-based/school-linked services. Several of the bills that were introduced that focused on mental health services for children were included in either the education or health and human services omnibus bills. Funding for school-linked mental health services The education omnibus bill that was signed...
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The 2013 KIDS COUNT data book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was recently released. Updated each year, KIDS COUNT provides a snapshot of child and family well-being in the United States as well as within each individual state. The data found in this year's data book is from 2011. Because there is so much data available in KIDS COUNT,...
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The main piece (in my opinion) of Chapter 108 (the session law that was the omnibus Health & Human Services Finance bill) is Article 17, which establishes Chapter 256N in Minnesota Statutes, Northstar Care for Children. As I said in an earlier blog post on Northstar Care for Children, this program will make foster care, relative guardian/custody assistance (guardianship assistance),...
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Updated and edited 7/1/13 to reflect references to U.S. Code and to provide a cautionary word of advice (see last footnote). Guest blog post by Rebecca Scholtz. Child welfare professionals can play a crucial role in helping undocumented children access immigration assistance. You don't need to be an expert in immigration law to identify an undocumented child who may be...
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In addition to Article 3 and Article 17 (Northstar Care for Children), there are other areas within Chapter 108 (the omnibus Health and Human Services finance bill) that are directly applicable to children and families involved in the child welfare system. These are just a few. Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth The Safe Harbor bill I highlighted back in...
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Last year I blogged about recommendations for state-level changes regarding Minnesota's parental recognition laws as they pertain to adoption and foster care by same-sex couples. As it stands, Minnesota law is unclear on the legality of joint adoptions and second-parent adoptions; these issues have instead been left up to individual courts to decide. Last week Minnesota became the 12th state...
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Yesterday Governor Dayton signed the omnibus Health & Human Services (HHS) Finance bill, making it Chapter 108 in the 2013 Session Laws. The main point of this bill was to establish the HHS budget, but there are also policy changes that will impact child welfare. One big change from earlier versions of the bill is the inclusion of Northstar Care...
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On Sunday Governor Dayton and House and Senate leaders announced that they had come to an agreement on budget targets for the next biennium. This announcement was particularly important for those of us in the health and human services field, as Governor Dayton and the legislative leaders had different ideas regarding the budget target for health and human services. House...
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On May 1, 2013, the Family Reunification Act of 2013 was signed into law by Governor Dayton. The Family Reunification Act would allow under certain circumstances the reestablishment of legal parent and child relationships. The goal is to provide permanency for certain youth in foster care who would otherwise age out of the system. Under the new law, the county...
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The Health & Human Services Omnibus bill (H.F. 1233) in the Minnesota legislature has been slowly moving forward. Because the Senate and House did not agree on the bill text of H.F. 1233, there is a conference committee for the bill. This morning the HHS Conference Committee met from 8 AM to 10 AM and they will reconvene again at...
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This is the second part in a three-part series I will be writing on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, or "The Baby Veronica Case." Part 1 presented the actual case that was heard before the Supreme Court as well as the responses of the Supreme Court Justices. Part 2 reviews the history leading up to the case, as well as...
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This is the first part in a three-part series I will be writing on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, or "The Baby Veronica Case." Part 1 presents the actual case that was heard before the Supreme Court as well as the responses of the Supreme Court Justices. Part 2 will review the history leading up to the case, as well...
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Guest blog post by Caitlin Magistad. The transition to adulthood has become longer, more expensive, and increasingly complex; yet vulnerable populations including homeless, foster care, and juvenile justice youth are expected to transition to adulthood abruptly on their own. Trends in legislation and funding regarding disconnected youth illustrate both federal and state commitment to helping vulnerable youth make the transition...
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Update 4/16/13, 11:09 AM - Content clarification Update 4/5/13, 11:05 AM - Content clarification On Wednesday in the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Finance committee, Assistant Commissioner of Child and Family Services Erin Sullivan Sutton provided a walk-through of Governor Dayton's updated HHS budget recommendations from his supplemental budget as they pertain to children and families. The HHS omnibus...
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Two weeks ago DFL leaders announced their plans to cut $150 million from the base of the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget for the current biennium. This is in direct contrast to both Governor Dayton's proposal, which would have increased the HHS budget by $170 million, and the House and Senate DFL proposal to increase revenue by $2 billion...
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In February of 2012, the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) released its findings on child protection screening and provided recommendations for the State to improve this process. As a response to the OLA recommendations, Sen. Jeff Hayden and Rep. Susan Allen introduced legislation this year to establish a child protection screening work group and require counties to follow the...
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Guest blog post by Caitlin Magistad. My name is Caitlin Magistad, and I'm excited to be a new guest blogger for the CASCW Child Welfare Policy blog! I'm a third year MSW student here at the University of Minnesota. I currently work as a case manager at a local family homeless shelter, and am doing my second field placement at...
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Northstar Care for Children

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Northstar Care for Children is a proposed program in Minnesota that consolidates Adoption Assistance, Relative Custody Assistance, and family foster care into just one program that would equalize payments for these programs for children ages 6 and older. This program aims to increase permanency through adoption or legal guardianship by a relative, recognizing that current payment rates provide monetary disincentives...
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We recently updated our first Child Welfare Policy Brief, which was a primer for Minnesota's 2011 legislative session, to reflect changes in statistics and funding between then and now. It is available on our child welfare policy section of our website. You can also click here for the PDF. More information CASCW publishes policy briefs to share research and...
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On Monday, March 11, the House introduced its version of the omnibus health and human services finance budget bill, H.F. 1233; the Senate version, S.F. 1034, had been introduced March 4. As this is a budget year, this bill will be a main focus of our blogging, if not the main focus. Next week I will provide a more in-depth...
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Studies have found that children with disabilities experience a higher rate of maltreatment than children without disabilities, and that they are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. For example, a study in 2000 by Sullivan and Knutsen showed that youth with disabilities were 3.4 times more likely to be maltreated. Last year, CASCW released two policy briefs on youth...
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In the 2011 legislative special session, the legislature passed a Safe Harbor law that began addressing how sexually exploited youth are viewed in the eyes of the law in Minnesota. Under this law, sexually exploited youth under age 18 are viewed as victims of crime (children in need of protection) rather than juvenile delinquents, at least for their first encounter...
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On February 13, the Family Reunification Act was introduced in Minnesota's Senate as S.F. 422. The Family Reunification Act would allow parents whose parental rights have been terminated to have their rights restored, under certain circumstances. This Act had been introduced last year and was one of the bills we were tracking. There are two major changes between last year's...
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Remember to follow our bill tracking efforts! UPDATED 2-19-2013, 12:30 PM Senate will be in session at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 18 and 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 21.House meets in session at 3:00 PM on Monday, February 18 and 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 20. Child Welfare2/18, 12:00 PM, 15 Capitol: Senate Health, Human Services & Housing—SF 460,...
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Remember to follow our bill tracking efforts! Senate will be in session at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 11.House meets in session at 3:00 PM on Monday, February 11. Governor's budget 2/12, 10:00 AM, 200 SOB: House Health & Human Services Finance Committee—MDH to present the Governor's budget proposals.2/13, 10:00 AM, 200 SOB: House Health & Human Services Finance Committee—Public...
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I will try to post as early as I can in the week about child welfare-relevant upcoming committee hearings during Minnesota's 88th legislative session. I thought it would be a good idea to organize based on topic, rather than date. Let me know what you think of my methods. As always, remember to follow our bill tracking efforts! Governor's budget...
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JaeRan Kim recently blogged about the Uninterrupted Scholars Act on our Stability, Permanency, and Adoption Blog. I've cross-posted her post here; to read the whole post, please visit the original post. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) along with bipartisan support from fellow members of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth Reps. Tom Marino (R-PA), Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Jim McDermott...
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Yesterday Minnesota's 88th legislative session convened. This blog post is really more about providing information regarding new leadership and committee makeup, not child welfare-related items. Remember, we are tracking child welfare-related bills. As of right now, we are only set up to follow Minnesota-specific child welfare legislation. In the future we hope to change this to include relevant federal-level legislation....
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On December 19 the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (H.R. 6655) was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for consideration. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced Protect Our Kids legislation (S. 3705) in the U.S. Senate on December 21 with bipartisan support, including the 2011 version's sponsor, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). The Protect Our...
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The title of this blog post lists some of the potential policy solutions I've seen in policy discussions on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As with most violent acts that catch the eye of the nation, advocates are calling for policy solutions that span the liberal-conservative political spectrum. Such knee-jerk solutions include stronger gun control laws (ranging from increasing...
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Source: MPRNews Our own Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken introduced bipartisan legislation on December 4 that would improve child abuse training programs for child welfare professionals, based on the work conducted at the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) here in Winona, MN. The other Senate cosponsors are Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR). S....
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Since then, December has come to be recognized as Universal Human Rights Month and December 10, Universal Human Rights Day. Last year we blogged about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been signed but not...
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UPDATE 12/7/12: President Barack Obama signed this bill into law on December 7, 2012. On November 26, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan bill H.R. 6063, otherwise known as the Child Protection Act of 2012, which focuses on protecting children from child pornography, sexual abuse, and trafficking by enhancing law enforcement's ability to protect children and find perpetrators of these...
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The first session of the United States 113th Congress has been (tentatively) announced. According to the U.S. Senate website, the 113th Congress will convene on January 3, 2013. Minnesota's representation is as follows:Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)Senator Al Franken (D-MN)Representative Timothy J. Walz (D-MN1)Representative John Kline (R-MN2)Representative Erik Paulsen (D-MN3)Reprentative Betty McCollum (D-MN4)Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN5)Representative Michele Bachmann (D-MN6)Representative Collin Peterson...
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On Friday, December 6, at 9am, the two House Health & Human Services (HHS) committees (Reform and Finance) will meet jointly to discuss the November forecast, the fiscal cliff and its impact on the Depts. of Health and Human Services, and methadone as a chemical dependency treatment. It will be held in room 10 of the State Office Building. The...
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A former Oklahoma foster parent is pursuing legislative changes to state and federal Indian child welfare laws in response to a personal experience she had in which her two former foster children lived with her for three months before being placed in a tribal foster home. She is concerned that the law would require such a move based only on...
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Five counties in Pennsylvania have been selected to participate in a new federal project aimed to improve outcomes for at-risk youth by allowing flexibility in the use of federal Title IV-E funds. They will be using their flexibility to incorporate preventative strategies into child welfare services. Currently, federal Title IV-E funds are meant to be used for services rendered while...
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Our sister blog, the Stability, Permanency, and Adoption (SPA) blog, recently posted on legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives & Senate that would renew the Adoption Tax Credit, which assists families who wish to adopt by offsetting the costs of adoption. It is set to expire on December 31, 2012. Read more on our SPA blog....
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In today's United States, where nobody asks how much we should add to the social services budget, where the word "tax" causes serious arguments, and where children only receive a minute portion of the overall federal budget, the possibility of alternative ways of financing the child welfare system is quite intriguing. In the last few months, a few phrases that...
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A bill in California that would allow kids involved in custody proceedings (and child protection as well) to have more than two legal parents is on its way to the governor's desk to be signed or vetoed. The bill's author, Senator Mark Leno, stated, "This legislation gives courts the flexibility to protect the best interests of a child... It is...
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An article grabbed my attention a couple of days ago: Child Protection Inquiry told that forced adoption of at-risk children should become 'an option'. I had to read it—"forced" adoptions? Of "at-risk" kids? The article highlighted an increasingly-popular proposal affecting children and families in Queensland, Australia, "parendectomy of incompetent parents," whereby parents who are deemed "incompetent" would lose their rights...
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The Surrey County Council (in the UK) is now offering the same maternity pay as birth mothers to adoptive mothers, in order to allow them time off to bond with their children without suffering financial hardship. At the same time, this move is also seen as a way to remove barriers to adoption and thus encourage others to "mak[e] space...
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As of August 1, the new Safe Place for Newborns law in Minnesota went into effect. Since 2000, Minnesota has had a Safe Place for Newborns law that allowed a mother (or her official representative) to bring her newborn infant to a hospital within 3 days of birth for the purpose of relinquishing her rights to the child without prosecution...
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One of the new laws that went into effect last Wednesday was regarding unreasonable child restraint. Although we've posted on this in the past (Criminal Neglect Penalties for Unreasonable Restraint of Children added to the Vulnerable Adult Bill), I recently saw an article that discussed this new law as a policy change for general child abuse, when in fact it...
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The 2012 legislative session concluded with several changes to Minnesota child welfare policy. This has been covered extensively in past blog posts, but I thought the topic of sibling placement and separation was important to highlight. New statutory language related to siblings involved in child welfare Overall, the new statutory language indicates that keeping siblings together is preferred over the...
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Over the past few months we've highlighted some of the changes in Minnesota's foster care policies resulting from the 2012 legislative session. Here are some of our posts on the topic: New foster care legislation in Minnesota, part 2(Stability, Permanency, & Adoption Blog, July 18, 2012)Keywords: relative search, definition of family to a child, paternal relatives, relative/kin engagement, best interests...
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A new report authored by Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and Center for American Progress discusses how legal recognition of LGBT parents is important for their children's social, emotional, and physical well-being. Specifically, this report, entitled Securing Legal Ties for Children Living in LGBT Families, focuses on how marriage and parenting laws impact children in LGBT households, and it...
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Photo from October 2011 of 'Baby Veronica,' provided by Melanie Capobianco, the woman who was in the process of adopting her. AP Photo/NewsOK It is important that I provide some background to this post prior to delving into the issue. A toddler named Veronica is at the center of this story. This is what I've been able to determine from...
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An article highlighted in a recent Child Welfare in the News listing from Child Welfare Information Gateway discussed issues with Illinois' child maltreatment reporting hotline: Child abuse hotline callers must leave messages. The article states that "[m]ore than 60 percent of calls to Illinois' child abuse hot line...are answered by a message service instead of a welfare specialist" and that...
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Earlier today in our Stability, Permanency & Adoption (SPA) blog, JaeRan blogged about data in the child welfare system as being "unorganized, uncentralized, and differ[ing] greatly depending on who is managing the data." She concluded with an explanation of how having better and shared data can help us better answer our questions about the wellbeing of children and families, since...
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The Minnesota Department of Human Services has just released two bulletins summarizing the 2012 children and family services legislation & the 2012 adoption assistance legislation. Most of the new changes are effective August 1 or 2, 2012, with the exception of Jacob's Law, which is effective July 1, 2012. For our child welfare-related summaries of this legislation, see our S.F....
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Today is World Refugee Day. At the end of 2011, 15.2 million people were refugees, with 46% being children under the age of 18. Currently it is estimated that there are more than 70,500 refugees in Minnesota; more than 3 million refugees have entered the U.S. since the Refugee Act of 1980 was passed. The current refugee ceiling (or limit)...
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An article today from Child Welfare in the News discussed the issue of considering religion in adoptive placements in Israel. Currently in Israel, parents and adopted children must be of the same religion, meaning that non-Jewish children who are adopted by Jews must be converted to Judaism: "Those adopting non-Jewish children must convert them through a special Orthodox rabbinical court...
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On June 7, 2012, CASCW co-sponsored a reflective seminar on the role of supportive housing in the lives of at-risk adolescents and vulnerable families. For a summary of the seminar, as well as implications for children & families experiencing homelessness (in terms of supportive housing as a tool to increase permanency and stability), please see our Stability, Permanency, and Adoption...
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The Obama administration announced today a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy change that will positively impact young undocumented immigrants. The DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, sent a memo to the directors of CBP, USCIS, and ICE stating that DHS will use its prosecutorial discretion to stop deporting certain young undocumented immigrants, provided they meet certain criteria:Came to the U.S. prior...
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This is just one question being asked on our Child Welfare Video Wall. Several people have already responded, saying it is the lack of funding available as well as continual funding cuts: "[F]unding...[O]ur national priorities...don't seem to be supporting those families and children in our society who are the most vulnerable." --Wendy"With funding being cut every day...you're being called on...
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Brain Hero!

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As a follow-up to the May 22 McEvoy Lecture on "Are We 'Immune to Change'? Coordinating Minnesota Systems of Care to Promote Healthy Development in Young Children," I'd like to direct readers to an excellent visual resource, Brain Hero, a 3-minute-long video that shows how brain development can be positively and negatively impacted by outside forces, and that healthy brain...
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We here at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare have developed the Child Welfare Video Wall, with the help of LT Media.Lab at the University of Minnesota. The Child Welfare Video Wall is an opportunity for everyone who works in, cares about, or has been impacted by the field of child welfare to give voice to their...
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There are more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care; May has been designated as National Foster Care Month in order to bring awareness of the experiences of these children and youth. This year's theme is "Change A Lifetime" in order to encourage individuals to work to change the lives of children and youth in foster care. One way...
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Apologies for our LONG absence these past couple of weeks. First we were at the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington, D.C. (held April 16-20), and then we were preparing for our 13th Annual Child Welfare Conference (held yesterday, May 1, in Minneapolis). Many child welfare-related bills have been signed into law, and the point of...
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Welcome back to session, Minnesota legislature! With just a few weeks left, there's a lot to do. This week appears to be pretty quiet regarding hearings of child welfare-related legislation. As of today, there is just one bill related to child welfare that's being heard. However, should this change, we will of course update this post and let you all...
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Rep. Jim Abeler, chair of House HHS Finance Committee, and Sen. David Hann, chair of Senate HHS Committee. Photo courtesy of MN House of Representatives This week has been fairly quiet regarding child welfare legislative hearings. On Monday, the Senate HHS Committee held a hearing on the recent Office of the Legislative Auditor's Child Protection Screening evaluation (audio), and yesterday...
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We are presenting our 13th Annual FREE Child Welfare conference, Beyond Burnout: Secondary Trauma in the Child Welfare Workforce on May 1, 2012, from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. We are pleased to feature keynote presenter Dr. Brian Bride, PhD, LCSW, who is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director at the School of Social Work, University of Georgia. Following the keynote presentation...
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Hope you're enjoying the excellent weather we've been having here in Minnesota. As the weather gets nicer and the urge to go outside becomes stronger, check out some of the committee hearings pertaining to child welfare at the Capitol building and State Office Building. If you'd like more information about these bills and their relevance to child welfare policy, make...
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Happy Monday! Here are this week's legislative committee hearings as they relate to child welfare legislation. If you'd like more information about these bills and their relevance to child welfare policy, make sure to review our bill tracking sheet. Monday, March 12 12:30 PM: House Civil Law, 10 State Office Building (SOB)HF2009 (Abeler) Human services legal provisions changed; human services...
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Several committee hearings related to child welfare legislation are occurring this week. Remember, most, if not all, can be viewed live online at either the Senate or House websites, and often they archive their videos fairly quickly to be viewed later. You can also follow the Twitter hashtag #mnleg to see the community discussing activity in committee meetings. Tuesday, February...
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There are a few hearings this week in both the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives that are of interest to those in the child welfare field. You can attend in person, or check to see if you can watch them live via the Senate Media Services. Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, Room 15 Capitol February 13 (today),...
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Ready... Set... ADVOCATE!

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(written by Lindsay Brekke) The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits held an Advanced Advocacy training on February 8, 2012, which outlined a number of resources right here at our state Capitol for advocacy work by nonprofits. This post is a recap of this training and is meant to help others in their advocacy work. First is the Legislative Reference Library. This...
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Today (Wednesday, February 1) there will be a hearing in the Minnesota House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee at 10:15 AM in Room 10 State Office Building. The agenda includes several items, but the one most relevant to child welfare is Jacob's Law (HF 1899), whose short description is "Jacob's law established requiring notice of crime...
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Tomorrow at noon the Minnesota legislative session will begin. We will be providing regular updates on bills and committee hearings throughout the session, just like we did last year. In addition, we will be updating our webpage on child welfare policy to include separate pages on Policy Resources, Live Federal Bill Tracking, and Live Minnesota Bill Tracking. New This Week...
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Our new Minn-LInK report (full version and brief) highlights a study conducted through our Center, in partnership with Hearth Connection, that shows the positive impact supportive housing has on educational outcomes and overall child well being for children in homeless families. The children involved in this study were enrolled in Hearth Connection's supportive housing program across Minnesota. Over time, these...
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UPDATE: Check out Child Welfare Information Gateway's webpage providing resources on the use of psychotropic medicines for children and youth in fostercare. With the newly-released Government Accountability Office report, "Foster Children: HHS Guidance Could Help States Improve Oversight of Psychotropic Prescriptions," there has been a flurry of activity recently on the issue of over-medicating youth in foster care. I don't...
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Prematurity & Child Maltreatment

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Today is the last day of National Prematurity Awareness Month where the issue of births prior to 37 weeks gestation are highlighted. In approximately 50 percent of all premature births, there is no definite cause for spontaneous preterm labor. Sometimes infections and maternal health conditions, such as diabetes and preeclampsia, are the cause. Some women may also have elective inductions,...
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As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, many Americans are feeling excitement over the time off from work or school, the gathering of family and/or friends, the large amounts of food to be cooked and then eaten, and, of course, the shopping deals one can find as early as midnight on Friday morning. Tables and windows may be decorated...
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More on Mandated Reporting

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(Updated November 26 with new legislation. -HNO) Due to the intense media coverage of the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, it seems that a blog post on mandated reporting in child welfare might be quite relevant and useful. Although the media can be helpful in bringing child welfare issues to the top of policymakers' priority lists (remember Caylee...
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Today is World Mental Health Day. This year's theme is "The Great Push: Investing in Mental Health," with a call for governments and others to invest in policies and approaches for removing barriers to mental health services and investing in prevention efforts as a cost-savings measure. In observance of this day, I feel it is important to highlight the need...
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You may have noticed that we have begun posting blog entries under individual author names, rather than the organization's name. This is due to the addition of new team members contributing to our blog's content. As our blog redesign nears completion, we will be changing our blog content slightly: Rather than focusing on a monthly theme in child welfare policy,...
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